Thursday, January 10, 2013

Not feeling well


Dear Readers, 

Am under the weather and not feeling well - trying not to look at the computer screen, which is causing me a headache.

Should be feeling better in couple of days, and running around as usual.

Thank you.

If you've not taken the flu shot, read this and be aware. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Why Wisdom is called She

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While discussing the topic on Wisdom, my best friend asked me, "Do you know why Wisdom is referred to as 'She'?" I did not have an answer readily available, as I was not even a beginner on that topic at that time, and had to research and lay down justifiable and legitimate clues.

Later, I was also told that Wisdom is depicted in the creation painting by Michelangelo which excited me, since that painting hangs right above my front door and I see it all the time from my study desk. Quite frankly, I did not know that until then.

On why Wisdom is referred to as 'She', am sharing a presentation titled, 'God has a wife' that was put together by few theologians. This is one source which explains why Wisdom is referred to as 'She' and has the tie-in with the 3 religions - Judaism, Christianity and Muslim. The presentation is quite lengthy and will take some time to digest.

 The Book of the Wisdom of Solomon (an apocrypha) sings couple of psalm about Sophia in chapters 7 and 8. Further research landed me in the land of Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle, who talked about Sophia in their works. I embarked in Greek mythology's Athena and Saraswati from India as well.

Am indeed very thankful and grateful to my friend who led me in this direction, who gave me a starting point, igniting the spark, and fueling my journey towards Wisdom.

Source: 
Wisdom of Solomon
Esoteric Theological Seminary
Regina's blog
Wiki on Sophia



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Best Friend

Short story on Aristotle


Aristotle was born in 384 BC, in Stagira, Macedonia, in Greece. His father was the personal physician to the King of Macedonia. But his parents died when Aristotle was a child and he was raised by a family friend.

At 17, Aristotle had the great honor of attending a prestigious Athens academy to study under Plato, another of history’s preeminent thinkers, which he did for the next 20 years. Aristotle also became a teacher there. 

To Aristotle’s considerable disappointment, when Plato died in 347 BC, it was Plato’s nephew, rather than he who became head of the academy. Aristotle resigned and accepted teaching assignments elsewhere.

In 343 BC, King Phillip of Macedonia, seeking an outstanding tutor for his son, hired Aristotle. In the two years Aristotle taught the King’s son, they developed a friendship as well as a scholarly relationship. 

When the son became King, he launched a series of military campaigns conquering most of the known world, an empire stretching thousand of miles. The son became famous as Alexander the Great. 

In 335 BC, Aristotle returned to Athens where he established his own Academy, the Lyceum. For the next 12 years, he focused on teaching and on publishing his works and it was the most productive time in his life. Students came from far and wide to hear his lectures.

But in 323 BC, Aristotle’s life took a terrible turn. On a military campaign, Alexander became ill and died suddenly at 32. To free themselves from Macedonian rule, the Athenians waged a fierce war. Because Aristotle was born in Macedonia and was Alexander’s tutor and friend, he was seen as pro-Macedonian and therefore, anti-Athenian.

In this highly emotional atmosphere, the Athenians charged Aristotle with “impiety” (disbelief in the established gods), the same charge that led to Socrates being convicted and executed in 399 BC. Before Aristotle could be prosecuted, he voluntarily and quickly went into exile to the distant island city of Chalcis, taking his wife and their son with him. 

A year later, Aristotle died of a long standing stomach ailment.

But his wisdom lives with us today. What valuable tip from the exceptional mind of Aristotle have we chosen? “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” Please read these words again and give them careful thought; for they could change your life. 

If you want to become a great leader, give others the credit for major accomplishments. Few people can set their own egos aside to do it, but if you do, you’ll help others to feel good about themselves and they’ll help you in return. 

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Source: 
This short story about Aristotle was written by Dick Kazan, founder, chairman and CEO of Capital Associates, Inc. He has been writing short stories since 2005. These short stories are about people from all walks of life, who in many cases overcame supposedly insurmountable obstacles to achieve remarkable results. Most of their stories contain practical advice and some of their stories may help us avoid some of the costly and time consuming mistakes they made. Quite a wonderful motivational short story author. 

Click here to take you to Kazan's archives. 

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Finding unconditional love


The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the word love. Love has been so abused and crucified by man that very few people know what true love is. Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation. But to define love is very difficult, for the same reason that words cannot fully describe the flavor of an orange. You have to taste the fruit to know its flavor. So with love.

In the universal sense, love is the divine power of attraction in creation that harmonizes, unites, binds together. Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love achieve harmony with nature and their fellow beings, and are attracted to blissful reunion with God.

“Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.”

Many human beings say “I love you” one day and reject you the next. That is not love. One whose heart is filled with the love of God cannot willfully hurt anyone. When you love God without reservation, He fills your heart with His unconditional love for all. That love no human tongue can describe. The ordinary man is incapable of loving others in this way. Self-centered in the consciousness of “I, me, and mine,” he has not yet discovered the omnipresent God who resides in him and in all other beings.

To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings. Then you will be able to love others as your own Self.




Source:
Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, WHERE THERE IS LIGHT

Sunday, January 6, 2013